Recently opened at the new Hive centre at Yorkshire Wildlife Park in South Yorkshire is Evolution, a themed restaurant perfect for families. You don’t even need tickets for the wildlife park to be able to book a table. We visited just to eat at the restaurant and it didn’t disappoint. In fact, we enjoyed it so much we are already planning our return.
Evolution Restaurant Review
If you are visiting just to eat at the restaurant you still need to follow the signs/sat nav for the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. They have moved their car park to the other side of the park and it is now huge. Luckily you don’t have to park with all the other day visitors. If you follow the signs for The Hive there is a smaller car park, limited to 2 hours, closer to the entrance. If you do book to eat there while you are visiting the wildlife park do be warned that it might be quite a trek.
If you follow the stream of people heading to the wildlife park you can’t go wrong as The Hive is close to the park’s main entrance. There seems to be more development here so it will be interesting to see what else they have planned. Currently, there are a few shops, some toilets, a new entrance to the on-site soft play (separate ticket can be purchased), plus a small outdoor play area.
The restaurant has been very popular since it opened and it is recommended that you pre-book online in advance. When we booked it was later sold out but the restaurant itself wasn’t full, which was nice.
It states online that you only have your table for 1 hour 15 minutes. We had three courses and overstayed our welcome but nothing was said and no one pressured us to leave. The service throughout was excellent. The staff were all really friendly, especially towards the kids.
The theming of the restaurant is excellent, although slightly confused. I managed to take a few photos before anyone else arrived. It’s quite dark in there so I won’t be sharing any of our food photos as they just didn’t come out well. The kids can upgrade their drink to a glow in the dark cup which my son loved.
They also have all manner of sound effects playing and it feels like there is always something happening. Rather than everything moving at one time, there are lots of little surprises as various things come to life at different times. We were close to a revolving Easter Island statue. My son was also sat in a certain seat so he could see something appear out of the bushes. There was a changing projection on the wall and plenty of other surprises for the kids (and adults).
The bar itself is set in a big wooden boat. The theming, although fabulous, is a little confusing. It is set around the HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin’s 1831 exploration of South America with dinosaurs dotted around the place. This is where it gets confusing as there were no dinosaurs in 1831. But hey, it’s fun so who cares.
The food was as good as the setting. My Mum and I both enjoyed a starter. Most are priced at around £7.95. There are then burgers, pizzas, meat and salads to choose from the main menu. The prices for these are around £12. I am a pescatarian and I did note that if you are a vegetarian your choice is quite limited, vegan even more so. If there is any improvement for the future I would like to see more choices for those that choose not to eat meat.
If you are feeling adventurous there is a range of cocktails and if you are driving there is a range of mocktails. They also have a good range of desserts, although not cheap as most are priced at around £7.
The kid’s menu has 5 things to choose from and it is pretty standard where kid’s food is concerned. Pricey at £7.95 but they are decent portions. Dessert is limited to an ice cream sundae at £2.95 so be warned if your kids are like mine as they may be wanting one off the adult menu at £7.
The venue is wheelchair accessible although do be aware that there are loud noises, flashing lights and mist effects. They are open from 12 pm noon until late, 7 days a week.
Things to note – they will take £5 per person from your card if you fail to turn up for your booking. They will also only hold your table for 15 minutes after your booking time. They cannot guarantee a new table will be available. It is recommended that you ring 01302 279497 if you are running late.
Evolution FAQ & Further Information
Address: Hurst Ln, Auckley, Doncaster DN9 3QY, South Yorkshire.
Category – Restaurant – Indoors – Children’s menu is available.
When are they open?
The restaurant is open 12 noon until late every day, 7 days a week.
Is there parking?
There is free on-site parking.
Are they dog friendly?
Dogs are not permitted.